LANHAM, MD: Vocus is working to resolve an issue with Yahoo Search that has resulted in some news releases from PRWeb customers being labeled "Warning: Dangerous Downloads" in search results.
The issue became apparent earlier this week and, since then, PRWeb owner Vocus has been working with software scanning company McAfee and Yahoo Search to fix the problem. Yahoo linked up with McAfee in 2008 to provide a SearchScan service that warns users about "dangerous" web sites.
In a statement to PRWeek, McAfee said: "On Tuesday, June 29, McAfee was made aware that a download available on PRWeb.com was detected as a Trojan. McAfee immediately investigated the matter and determined that the detection was incorrect. The site rating for PRWeb.com has been updated and is now green."
The latest update from Vocus on its blog stated that some of the warning flags had been removed but there are still other URLs, including several sub-domains, that are depicted by Yahoo Search as "harmful."
Frank Strong, director of PR at Vocus, said: “Our reaction to this has been out of concern for our customers and we are doing everything we can to make it right.”